Greens visit Wight

By David Newble

Thursday, April 10, 2014

 

GREEN Party leader Natalie Bennett and the south’s Green MEP, Keith Taylor, are due to visit the Island’s Foodbank in Newport tomorrow (Friday).

The visit follows a report by Mr Taylor which found that the number of people relying on emergency food handouts had soared in the south east.

The Isle of Wight Foodbank has seen year-on-year increases in people relying on food handouts since 2011. More than 125 people a week are helped by the food bank, almost half of whom are children.

Mr Taylor said: "The Isle of Wight Foodbank is a lifeline to those in need but at the same time, is a stain on the government’s record on poverty.

"I cannot praise the work of the food bank staff and volunteers enough, they are doing a great service to their community, but the fact is that nobody in the sixth largest economy in the world should be in such poverty that the rely on food handouts."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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